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AFH business development chief joins adviser M&A broker

AFH business development chief joins adviser M&A broker

The head of business development at AFH Wealth Management, Dawn Walker-Bennett, has joined adviser acquisitions brokerage IFA Acquisitions. 

IFA Acquisitions is the business broker division of recruitment agency Premier Jobs UK.

In her new role, Walker-Bennett will be assisting business owners looking to exit the industry throughout the succession planning process. 

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Dawn Walker-Bennett spent nearly eleven years at AFH over two periods. She was in charge of business development and responsible for recruiting IFAs and her remit involved engaging with financial advisers looking to exit the industry and building third party professional connections. 

Her departure comes as AFH's takeover by US private equity firm Cortina Bidco was approved by the regulator earlier this year. 

She said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Gary and the team at Premier Jobs UK. Having access to a wide range of acquirers across the country will allow me the opportunity to work with vendors to find them the most suitable home for their clients, advisers and employees.”

Having negotiated many acquisition deals during her career, the firm said she has first-hand experience of the full, start to end process and will be helping IFAs looking to start on their path to retirement. 

Gary Venner, managing director of IFA Acquisitions, said: “Dawn will be a great asset to our acquisitions team, where at IFA Acquisitions we have never been busier with a pipeline of deals worth in excess of £1bn of funds under management.”

Walker-Bennett will be joining a team which includes Gary Venner, Paul Greveson and Paul Platten who all have experience running advisory firms as well as brokering the sale and purchase of many deals. 

Venner added: “We are seeing a surge of acquisition and recruitment activity as we come out of the pandemic.

"The need by buyers and sellers for sound advice from qualified and experienced industry professionals like Dawn is paramount to them achieving successful sale and purchase mandates”.

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